Xavi is pressuring Barcelona to sign Alvaro Morata in January, where the club is said to be in “advanced talks” with Atletico Madrid about a potential transfer.
It is no secret that Barça want to strengthen themselves this winter after Sergio Aguero’s surprising retirement. They have only beaten twice in the Champions League group stage and have been surpassed by a host of La Liga teams this season.
La Blaugrana have already moved to bring in Ferran Torres from Manchester City but Xavi is keen on further reinforcements.
According to several Spanish media, including AS, Barcelona’s next goal is Morata. The frontman is currently on loan to Juventus from Atletico Madrid, where he is an important part of the first team.
He has made 23 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals and registering three assists.
Despite this, the report insists that Morata may be open to canceling his loan period to join Barcelona on a permanent basis. Xavi – who rates the 29-year-old as “one of the best forwards in the world” – is considered to have started negotiations with the player and talks have progressed considerably with his agent Juanma Lopez since then.
Despite its dangerous financial situation, Barcelona is said to be eager for a permanent transfer. If they succeed in getting their husbands, it would probably mean that Luuk de Jong’s loan period would be shortened and it could even mean the end of Memphis Depay, which continues to be linked to a summer departure from Camp Nou.
At the same time, Juventus are already setting goals in the event of Morata leaving. These include Marseille’s Krystian Milik and Gianluca Scamacca, who have scored six Serie A goals for Sassuolo this season.
What can make it easier is Atletico’s obligation to buy Antoine Griezmann for 40 million euros during the summer. Morata would demand a similar price tag and create a situation similar to the swap deal that would help both clubs balance the accounts.
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